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"General, a Republic cruiser is coming out of hyperspace behind us."
―A clone navigation officer and Anakin Skywalker, on the Negotiator's arrival[1]

The Negotiator was a Venator-class Star Destroyer in the navy of the Galactic Republic, operating as a part of the Open Circle Fleet. During the Clone Wars against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Negotiator served as the flagship of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi within his naval task force, and saw action in several battles. At the Battle of Christophsis, the Negotiator delivered the IPV-2C Stealth Corvette to Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who utilised the stealth ship to penetrate the Separatist blockade and relieve the Republic forces on the planet surface. Kenobi's flagship also participated in the Malevolence Campaign, helping to chase the eponymous Separatist warship during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula until the Jedi destroyed it.

In 20 BBY, while travelling to rescue a group of stranded Jedi Initiates, Kenobi's task force was attacked by a confederate fleet of General Grievous. After Grievous and his battle droids boarded the Negotiator, Kenobi ordered the starship's self-destruct mechanism to be activated to prevent its capture. Though the Negotiator was lost, the Jedi General was able to escape and survive the battle.


The Negotiator was a Venator-class Star Destroyer, a type of cruiser and Star Destroyer affiliated with the Galactic Republic.[1] It had two command bridges and was equipped with a hyperdrive generator.[2] The Star Destroyer was also equipped with escape pods[3] and was armed with eight DBY-827 heavy turbolaser turrets (four port, four starboard) and two medium dual turbolaser cannons (one port, one starboard),[4] as well as a self-destruct mechanism. Inside its dorsal hangar bay, the Negotiator carried several Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunships, BTL-B Y-wing starfighter/bombers and clone Z-95 Headhunters. Either side of the Negotiator's hull featured the emblem of the Open Circle Fleet.[3]


Battle of Christophsis[]

"Looks like General Skywalker has already engaged the enemy."
"That's nothing out of the ordinary, especially since I gave him a direct order not to."
―Cody and Kenobi, observing from the Negotiator's bridge[1]

In 22 BBY,[9] during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the planet Christophsis was invaded by the Separatist Droid Army under the command of Kerkoiden General Whorm Loathsom and Sith assassin Asajj Ventress[10] due to the planet's resources and position along the Corellian Run.[11] Following the Separatist invasion, a blockade of thirty warships was established in the planet's orbit under Harch Admiral Trench to prevent Republic interference. Sometime later, the Republic dispatched a fleet under the command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker to break through the blockade and deliver relief supplies to Senator Bail Organa, who was trapped on the surface as a result of the blockade. However, Skywalker and his fleet were ordered to retreat behind the moon of Leesis by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who arrived in the system aboard the Negotiator.[1]

After their retreat, Skywalker left his flagship for the Negotiator, where he was greeted by Kenobi. While on board, Kenobi showed Skywalker a prototype stealth ship, with which the latter would use to continue the supply run to Senator Organa. Leaving the Negotiator aboard the stealth ship, Skywalker instead held off his mission and went on the offensive, resulting in the destruction of Trench's flagship, which sent the remaining Separatist warships into disarray as Kenobi, aboard the Negotiator, and the remaining Republic forces resumed their attack.[1]

Malevolence Campaign[]

The Negotiator was also active when the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence, a mysterious warship commanded by Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies Grievous, fought and destroyed multiple Republic fleets, sparking the Malevolence Campaign. Eventually, Jedi General Plo Koon's fleet was defeated by the Malevolence in the Abregado system; while Skywalker secretly departed in the hopes of rescuing Koon, the Negotiator was positioned in a defensive formation among a number of other Republic vessels. Skywalker's mission was ultimately successful in returning the survivors to Republic space and discovering the nature of Grievous's weapon.[2]

Realizing the danger posed by the Malevolence, Skywalker led Shadow Squadron through the Kaliida Nebula to intercept Grievous at the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, while the Negotiator and the other ships under Kenobi and Yularen navigated around the nebula to the same location. During the journey, Kenobi monitored the evacuation of patients from the medical center from the bridge of the Negotiator. After Skywalker's attack crippled but failed to destroy the Malevolence, the Negotiator was among the three Venators that exited from hyperspace to begin a sublight chase of Grievous's ship.[6]

Despite unleashing turbolaser fire against the Malevolence, the Negotiator and the other Venators were unable to destroy the huge vessel. A pause in the fighting occurred when Senator Padmé Amidala, sent unknowingly to the battle to be captured as a bargaining chip for Grievous, was taken aboard the enemy ship. Skywalker and Kenobi in turn boarded the Malevolence and rescued Amidala, with Skywalker sabotaging its navigation computer to send the vessel into the Dead Moon of Antar. Once the Jedi had escaped with Amidala, the Negotiator and the Republic fleet resumed firing, but the Malevolence promptly crashed into the moon.[12]


In 20 BBY,[7] the Negotiator received a distress signal from a group of Jedi Initiates after their ship, the Crucible, had been raided and disabled by the Ohnaka Gang. Communicating via hologram, Kenobi instructed Cody to depart and recover the younglings. The Jedi General's plans were thrown into disarray when a Separatist fleet led by Grievous exited from hyperspace and attacked the Republic ships. After being chased by vulture droids, a BTL-B Y-wing starfighter/bomber piloted by Engle was shot down and crashed in the Negotiator's dorsal hangar in a fiery explosion. Grievous and his battle droids soon boarded the ship, entering from the dorsal hangar and engaging in battle with the clone troopers inside. General Kenobi dueled the cyborg general but elected to retreat away from the hangar, with the Republic personnel continuing to fight elsewhere in their Venator.[3]

Not wanting to allow the Separatists to capture the Negotiator, Kenobi ordered the activation of the vessel's self-destruct mechanism and left a holographic message for Grievous, informing him that the ship was primed to explode. When Grievous, wishing to plunder the Venator's databanks for information, saw the message on the bridge's holotable, he fled to the hangar and escaped aboard his shuttle. Kenobi and his troops evacuated in escape pods, of which at least four were jettisoned. As Kenobi and Cody watched through their pod's viewport, a series of explosions erupted across the Negotiator's hull before a larger fireball tore the vessel apart.[3]

Commanders and crew[]

The Negotiator was placed under the command of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was accompanied by Clone Marshal Commander CC-2224. The ship was also manned by clone troopers, such as clone navigation officers[1] and clone trooper flight crew personnel.[3] Special ops clone troopers like "Blackout" and CT-1284 "Spark" for the IPV-2C Stealth Corvette[1] and clone trooper pilots were transported by the Venator as passengers.[3] Various droids served aboard the vessel, including PLNK-series power droids, R4 astromech droids and R5-series astromech droids.[3] Before taking the IPV-2C on the Republic mercy mission, Skywalker and Yularen also spent time on the Negotiator.[1]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Shadow of Malevolence" depicts the Negotiator with what Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition identifies as DBY-827 heavy turbolaser turrets, of which Venator-class Star Destroyers possess eight (four port, four starboard), and medium dual turbolaser cannons, of which Venator-class Star Destroyers possess two (one port, one starboard).
  5. "Bound for Rescue" depicts the Negotiator with what Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition identifies as hyperwave comm scanners, of which Venator-class Star Destroyers possess two.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  7. 7.0 7.1 According to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), "Bound for Rescue" is set after "The Gathering" and before "Secret Weapons." Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates "The Gathering" to 20 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope—which corresponds to 20 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas—and Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 33 (Highlights of the Saga: The Unlikely Heroes) dates "Secret Weapons" to 20 BBY, as well. Therefore, the events of "Bound for Rescue" must also take place in 20 BBY.
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  9. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  10. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  11. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"